The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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The best access routes to the mountain are from Interstate 5 (I-5), which runs north and south and is west of Mount St. Helens. These access routes include the Lewis River Highway, State Highway 503 at Exit 21, and the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, State Highway 504 at Exit 49.
State Highway 503 will take to you to the town of Cougar, which is about 11 miles south-southwest of the peak and is the community nearest to the volcano in the Lewis River valley. This route also follows along mature forests little effected by the 1980 eruption.
State Highway 504 will take you past an array of visitor centers and into the heart of the blast zone.
Nearby international airports are Portland International Airport (PDX) to the south in Oregon, and Seattle-Tacoma (Seatac) International Airport (SEA) to the north in Washington.
The Amtrak passenger service the Coast Starlight runs between San Diego, California and Seattle, Washington. Nearby depot is to the west in Kelso.
The Amtrak passenger service the Cascades runs between Vancouver, British Columbia and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. Nearby depot is to the west in Kelso.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
A Falcon Guide to Mount St. Helens: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Fred Barstad. Exploring Mount St. Helens is a comprehensive guide to this world-renowned attraction, offering a close-up look at the destruction and remarkable recovery of the area. The guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area; recreational opportunities, including 23 hiking trails; and historical, geological, and natural exhibits. Order now...
In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens by Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore and Frederick Swanson. This book presents a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on the mountain's history of cataclysm and renewal. These writings will startle readers with new recognition of the matchless gift Mount St. Helens makes to our region and the world: the gifts of beauty, of scientific illumination, of hope. Order now...
Portrait of Mount St. Helens: A Changing Landscape by Chuck Williams (Author) and Stuart Warren (Contributor). View the grandeur and the intimate detail of this beloved mountain as seen by 19th-century painters and pioneers as well as contemporary photographers. Order now...
Day Hiking, South Cascades by Dan Nelson. Introducing next-generation trail guides for the Northwest. More day hikes, with options for extending the trip; hike selection conveniently arranged by highway and travel corridors; more hikes close to urban centers; more year-round hikes at low elevation; clear driving directions; a portable size; and more use of color. Order now...
Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels. Order now...
Washington Off the Beaten Path, 9th Edition (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Chloe Ernst. This book features the unique things to see and do from quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions and unique finds to local dining. Travel off the beaten path for a one of a king experience. Order now...
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